After 2,500 Years Ireland’s Notorious Iron Age Bog Bodies Found Hauntingly Preserved


A few years ago not far from Dublin in the town of Clonycavan, County Meath, and near Croghan Hill, County Offaly, two bog bodies were discovered within three months of each other. A bog is a stretch of swamp that accumulates peat (a brown soil-like material), full of deposits of dead plant material—often mosses. A bog body is a human corpse that has been naturally mummified within a peat bog. These mummy-like corpses, unlike most historic human remains, have retained their skin and internal organs because of their unusual environments.

Both Men Lived During The Celtic Iron Age


The first of two discoveries was the Clonycavan Man who lived between 392 and 201 B.C. His body had been severed in half by a peat-cutting machine, but scientists were able to recover his body from the torso up. His skull had been split open, and the bridge of his nose was also struck.
Twenty-five miles away, peat workers found another body: Old Croghan Man, who is believed to have been alive between 362 and 175 B.C. at the height of the Celtic Iron Age and who is just a torso with arms.

Clonycavan Man lived between 392 and 201 B.C.


His hair perfectly intact and held in place with hair gel made of plant oil and pine resin


Old Croghan Man lived between 362 and 175 B.C.

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It’s almost mind boggling to think about how well preserved these are… amazing. Make sure to give these a share on Facebook.